Association of Teachers of Exceptional Children

Calm, Capable, Courageous

Cineplex Theatre - Dartmouth Crossing

October 26, 2018


REGISTRATION CLOSED - CONFERENCE FULL


Host Hotel

Hampton Inn  & Suites
65 Cromarty Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia  B3B 0G2

Click here for directions

A block of rooms is set up for the ATEC group at the discounted rate of $179.00 (standard) & $199.00 (suite) which will be available to book until midnight on September 26th, 2018 or until the block is full; whichever occurs first. 

To make reservations:

Click here to register online, or
call toll free at 1-877-406-7701 or Direct: 902-406-7704 and quote group code ATC.

Registration Information


Online Registration ONLY

No Onsite Registration and No Mail-In Registration


Conference Fee:  $100.00
Students / Substitutes / Retirees:  $75.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Registrar: Jean MacDougall (atecconference@nstu.ca)

Deadline for registration is: October 12th.


Please register early to avoid disappointment. ATEC will only accept the first 500 participants.

Once your online registration has been completed you will receive an e-mail with proof of registration.
You should bring a copy with you to the conference.


Conference Agenda

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. A - Sessions
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon B - Sessions
12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting (AGM)
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. C - Sessions

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Daniel Chorney  Dr. Daniel Chorney works with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health concerns. He has a particular interest in helping people overcome anxiety, depression, and insomnia across the lifespan. His training focused heavily on the early identification and treatment of anxiety disorders in children.
    Dr. Chorney completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, and received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University under the supervision of Dr. Tracy Morris. He completed his clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. Prior to starting a private practice Dr. Chorney worked at the IWK as a staff Psychologist within the Community Mental Health program. During his time at the IWK, he served as the Team Leader for the Anxiety Program (Treatment of Anxiety Group).
    Dr. Chorney has regularly presented on the topics of anxiety, depression, and school refusal behaviors across the Maritime provinces since starting his practice in 2012. He currently works as part of a team of eight PhD-level clinical psychologists treating children, teens, and some adults in Halifax, NS.  
  • Brenda Robinson is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for over twenty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general.
    Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba (Major in English) and her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998.
  • Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L, earned a MS in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is an occupational therapist and autism consultant, supporting school-aged children and young adults. Kelly is also co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization dedicated to providing multidisciplinary social skill groups within the community. Kelly is professor of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. She is actively involved in several research projects pertaining to interoception. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the five books she has authored:
    ♦ Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
    ♦ The Comprehensive Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness
    ♦ Sensory Issues and High Functioning Autism (with Myles and Robbins) —winner of National Parenting Publications Bronze Medal
    ♦ Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges (with Benton, Hollis, and Womer)
    ♦ Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders -- winner of Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal.
  • Leon Logothetis: Growing up, Leon Logothetis was bullied mercilessly by his classmates and suffered for years in anguish. As an adult, he decided that the best way to let go of his own pain was to engage on a mission of kindness around the world. 
    Setting off with no food, no money, and no gas on a yellow motorcycle, Leon traveled around the world relying purely on the kindness of strangers.  It is the contrast between these two experiences that Leon shares with his audience that demonstrates that no matter what they are feeling in a moment, there is magic in life on the other side.
  • Barb Welsford is the Assistive Technology Specialist for the South Shore Regional Centre for Education.  She has over thirty years of experience in the field of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning assessing students and designing and providing training programs for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, parents and students. She holds Assistive Technology Professional Certification from RESNA and an Assistive Technology Specialist degree from California State University.  Barbara also works as part-time faculty for Acadia University teaching Assistive Technology Graduate courses and she designs and delivers courses for MSVU on AT & UDL with a focus on literacy skill development.  She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and works with all platforms (Chrome, PC, Android devices, iPads) enhancing skills for students with disabilities and ensuring access for all.
  • Janine Kerr is the Assistant Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. She has been a member of NSTU executive staff for 11 years.  Prior to joining the NSTU, Janine practiced as a lawyer in Halifax and before that she taught junior high for the Halifax Regional School Board.

Full Morning Session

AB1, AB8 and AB12 are full morning sessions- Do not register for a B session
Please note: Break for AB1, AB8 and AB12 will be at 10:00am.

AB1, AB8 and AB12 are all full morning sessions- Do not register for a B session for these full morning sessions.
Please note: Break for sessions AB1, AB8 and AB12 will be at 10:00am.

AB6: Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Kelly Mahler
You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!! Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to 'feel' body signals like tense muscles, speeding heart, hot cheeks or growling stomach. Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal signals enables us to accurately identify and control how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Many individuals with conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, trauma and anxiety disorders have difficulty with interoception, causing significant challenges in identifying and managing the way they feel.
Not only is interoception important to the ability to regulate body functions and emotions, it has vital influence on skills such as self-awareness, perspective taking, and flexibility of thought. This presentation will provide educators, therapists and parents a firm understanding of interoception including an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing effective programming and supports. Discussion will focus on the link between interoception and many important skill areas including health & wellness, emotional regulation, perspective taking and intuitive social participation. Many evidence-based strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared.
This session will be loosely based on the publication Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System (AAPC Publishing, 2016)
Theatre 6

A - Sessions

A5: Anxiety Policy in Schools
Daniel Chorney
This presentation is intended primarily for school-based professionals working with children with anxiety (mild to moderate). The talks aims to provide the following information: 1) Identifying the most common thoughts, physical symptoms, and behaviors associated with pediatric anxiety, 2) strategies to help very basic, minimal anxiety in children within the classroom, 3) problems with promoting accommodations and avoidant-based strategies within schools, and 4) basic but helpful ways staff can help promote approach behaviors rather than continued avoidance in students.
Theatre 5

A9:  Courageous Conversations
Brenda Robinson
Why is it so difficult to talk to people when we feel we disagree or we are in conflict with each other? Why do we end up saying:
“I wish I had said ...”
“I have to talk to her ...”
“Why didn’t I think of ...”
“I just couldn’t say it ...”
There are many situations when we have to say things that feel awkward or uncomfortable. What are we afraid of?
Learn more strategies for gathering up your courage to have those difficult conversations. Say what needs to be said! It is the only way to achieve clarity and ensure change or positive outcomes.
Theatre 9

 A10: The Kindness Diaries
Leon Logothetis
Leon powerfully moves his audience with every presentation; attendees’ confidence grows, and their belief in themselves explodes.  
Leon's power to spark imagination comes from his total transparency as he shares his own path from a troubled childhood to finding purpose and healing through his worldwide journey of kindness.
Lero will ask attendees to think out of their comfort zone and push their limits both internally and externally.  Using the lessons inspired by his Netlix series The Kindness Diaries.  Some of these lessons include finding your true passion, learning from negative experiences and never letting them deter you, and living everyday with a sense of adventure. 
Theatre 10

A11: Teacher Safety
Janine Kerr
This session will address occupational health and safety law,  provincial and board policy, and contractual provisions regarding   teacher safety in the context of the inclusive classroom.  Please bring your questions.
Theatre 11

B - Sessions

B3:  Assistive Technology - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology (AT) in Action
Barb Welsford
This presentation will discuss the system approach required for successful implementation of UDL & AT in the school system through a number of case studies.  Each case study will explore the impact of a range of assistive technologies over time on student success.  We will discuss the AT system approach we follow with students with disabilities and how Universal Design for Learning strategies enhances access for all.
Theatre 3

B5: Pediatric Depression Talk
Daniel Chorney
This presentation has three primary goals: 1) to better define and understand how depression presents in children and teens, 2) identifying challenges parents, teachers, and treatment providers face in treating depression, and 3) an overview of basic strategies we can all use to help children/teens with depressive symptoms. The talk ends with a brief discussion of unhelpful approaches along with some resources the may help those working with depression in children/teens.
Theatre 5

B9: LIGHTEN UP FOR LEARNING
Brenda Robinson;
This workshop is focused on ways to bring humour, laughter, joy and excitement to the learning environment. We have finally begun to realize that how we learn is as important as what we learn. Indeed, we now have become aware that the learning environment has a huge impact on the amount of learning each participant will experience. Explore ways to bring your learners a light and productive learning experience.
Theatre 9

 B10: The Kindness Diaries
Leon Logothetis
(this is a repeat of session A10)
Theatre 1

B11: Teacher Safety
Janine Kerr
(this is a repeat of session A11)
Theatre 11

C - Sessions

C3:  Assistive Technology - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology (AT) in Action
Barb Welsford
(this is a repeat of session B3)
Theatre 3

C5: Stress Management
Daniel Chorney
This presentation focuses on three major areas – stress, balance, and values. The talk aims to identify what stress is, why living a “stress-free” life should never be the goal, and how thinking differently about stress changes how we experience stress. The presentation spends a small portion of time discussing how to prioritize balance in one’s life. A large portion of the presentation is devoted to values – how to identify what really matters to you and how stress is directly related to what we care about.
Theatre 5 

C6: Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Kelly Mahler
(This is a shorten repeat from the morning session)
You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!! Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to 'feel' body signals like tense muscles, speeding heart, hot cheeks or growling stomach. Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal signals enables us to accurately identify and control how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Many individuals with conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, trauma and anxiety disorders have difficulty with interoception, causing significant challenges in identifying and managing the way they feel.
Not only is interoception important to the ability to regulate body functions and emotions, it has vital influence on skills such as self-awareness, perspective taking, and flexibility of thought. This presentation will provide educators, therapists and parents a firm understanding of interoception including an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing effective programming and supports. Discussion will focus on the link between interoception and many important skill areas including health & wellness, emotional regulation, perspective taking and intuitive social participation. Many evidence-based strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared.
This session will be loosely based on the publication Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System (AAPC Publishing, 2016)
Theatre 6

C9: LIGHTEN UP FOR LEARNING
Brenda Robinson;
(this is a repeat of session B9)
Theatre 9


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one is NOT REQUIRED to register for a conference.
You may register utilizing any email account.

Once your online registration has been completed you will receive an e-mail with proof of registration, you should bring a copy of that with you to the conference.


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